Optometrist Questions Eye Infections

My eyes are puffed up and feel heavy. Why?

My eyes are feeling puffed up and are heavy with a slight pain. Could it be an eye infection? I do not normally get allergies in springtime, so I'm pretty sure it's not that.

4 Answers

For a young person, puffiness could be due to thyroid or kidney disease. Sometimes it's a side effect of medications in the elderly, or just prominent fat under the skin, which needs to be removed by surgery.
Yes, if it feels different than your allergies, it can be an infection or clogged glands. Get them checked out.
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Eye puffiness can be due to lack of sleep, dehydration, hypothyroidism etc
Allergies set their own timetable for appearing in life. Many allergy free people have a sudden onset of allergies. As we season, our tissues become lax and stretch allowing fluids to accumulate, especially on the pillow side of the face when sleeping. Cold pack and massage often help reduce swelling.

Watch for accompanying swelling of hands feet and ankles or shortness of breath.. If these appear also check with your General Practice Physician.